Ahead of bilateral talks, 5 Indian Tamil fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Five Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested today by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territory.

The arrest of five Indian Tamil fishermen, while diplomatic talks were to begin about solving the border issue, has sent shock waves among the Tamil fishermen community.

The fishermen from Thalaimannar were arrested between Pamban and Dhanushkodi for allegedly crossing international waters. Tamil fishermen have maintained that there is no demarcation between Sri Lankan and Indian waters and the distance is very less.

Also as a ban has been imposed from 14th April for 45 days in Tamil Nadu to allow fish spawning, fishermen only use country boats and claim that there was no need for the Sri Lankan Navy to be such aggressive.

The community also raised questions about Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's visit to Delhi where he has promised to solve this issue in the near future.

Fishermen community have strongly urged Prime Minister Modi to take up the issue with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as he would visit the island nation on May 11th and requested that the joint patrolling of the sea by both nations' defence forces should be brought back for their welfare.

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